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The Irlen Method

The patented Irlen Method uses precision filters, worn as tinted glasses or tinted contact lenses, to reduce or eliminate perceptual difficulties and light sensitivity. An intensive diagnostic assessment determines the most beneficial colour for each individual from an almost limitless number of colour combinations.

The Irlen Institute was the first in the field to develop a unique approach to a serious perceptual dysfunction. Any important new discovery must be subject to independent research before being accepted as a valid improvement and benefit. It is through such research at independent universities since 1983 that the Irlen Method has gained increasing support throughout the world. Recent research from Australia has shown that sustained benefit has continued for more than 80% of clients wearing the filters over a period of 6 years.
This research has indicated that by selectively filtering the input of specific wavelengths of light, the Irlen technique allows the brain to accurately process information. Looking through colour corrects the dysfunction, altering the timing by which visual information is received and processed.

Results include:

  • Improved reading accuracy
  • Better comprehension
  • Increased reading speed
  • Reduced strain and fatigue
  • Improved academic performance
  • Improved self esteem
  • Better sports performance
  • Reduction of headaches

Irlen Centres adopt a holistic approach in their diagnostic work and make referrals to other specialists when necessary in an attempt to resolve problem areas which cannot be rectified by the use of Irlen Filters.


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